In California, wolves meet a wary public

An adult female wolf appears with a collar on a trail camera in Northern California. Credit: California Department of Fish and Wildlife

As wolves make their way back to California, wildlife managers find themselves encountering plenty of rumor and suspicion. Many wolf critics suspect the California Department of Fish and Wildlife is importing them on its own. “Wolves make people crazy,” Kent Laudon, a CDFW wolf biologist told the New York Times. “And for the record: No, we’re not importing wolves. That never happened.” Long extirpated from the state, gray wolves (Canis lupus) have begun making their way back into Northern California. The state has a stable population of about 20, the Times reports, and more are likely to come. That leaves state biologists combating rumors and trying to convey scientific information in a nonthreatening way.

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